ICU nurse on loss of life of 19-year-old affected person from COVID-19: It 'struck a chord with all of us'

ICU nurse Anthea Noel offers an replace on how frontline staff are holding up as COVID-19 pandemic drags into Could.

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Blood clotting and different extra maladies attributable to coronavirus are resulting in affected person deaths, New Jersey ICU nurse Anthea Noel reported Thursday.

Showing on "America's Newsroom" with host Ed Henry, Noel stated on Wednesday a 19-year-old affected person underneath her care not too long ago died of problems from the virus.


"The numbers have decreased, however we're nonetheless seeing deaths. Yesterday I misplaced a 19-year-old affected person to COVID-19 and that struck a chord with all of us," she emotionally recounted. "You recognize, each loss of life is critical however when you could have only a youngster, only a child [at] 19 years previous, it hits dwelling."

Though the aged and immuno-compromised are extra at-risk, the virus has confirmed deadly to the younger and seemingly wholesome in some circumstances.

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"What occurred generally since we have heard a lot that somebody 19 years previous is prone to be in a greater place to cope with this?" requested Henry.

"That is what we have heard," Noel replied. "However, generally what we're seeing is that sufferers are growing clots and regardless that we put them on anticoagulation remedy they throw clots and generally they stroke out or get pulmonary [embolism], which could be deadly."

There at the moment are virtually 324,000 confirmed COVID-19 circumstances within the virus's epicenter of New York State with over 25,600 deaths recorded. The US has surpassed 1.2 million circumstances -- probably the most of any nation -- with over 73,000 deaths.

"I believe all of us are going by way of some sort of post-traumatic stress," Noel advised Henry. "You recognize: the insomnia, the load loss, being irritable -- I believe all of us are coping with issues otherwise.

"It's our coping mechanisms that get us by way of," she added. "So, if we've got good help methods like our household, our buddies, our coworkers to lean on...even counseling...My finest pal is a counselor. She's a psychotherapist. So, you understand, I type of bounce issues off of her and use her as a sounding board."


This week is Nationwide Nurses Week and Noel suggested individuals might present their gratitude to these battling coronavirus alongside her with "a easy thanks" or an "air hug."

Julia Musto is a reporter for GaHealthy Digital. Yow will discover her on Twitter at @JuliaElenaMusto.

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